Minneapolis Man Charged in Metro Mobility Bus Theft

Vladimir Rodriguez Photo: Ramsey County
Vladimir Rodriguez

May 23, 2018 12:43 PM

A Minneapolis man is accused of stealing an unattended Metro Mobility bus from a St. Paul gas station Monday evening.

According to the criminal complaint, 29-year-old Vladimir Nestor Rodriguez is charged with one felony count of motor vehicle theft.


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The complaint states the driver of the bus left it unlocked and running at the Super America at 1445 Seventh Street West while he went inside to use the bathroom. The driver notified police when he exited the gas station and saw the bus was missing.

Using GPS, police tracked the bus to the intersection of Shepard Road and Eagle Parkway. Officers blocked the bus' path and arrested Rodriguez.

According to the complaint, Rodriguez asked police why he had been arrested and said he did not remember anything from the previous day.

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The Metropolitan Council said there were no passengers onboard at the time of the theft. 

The bus is operated by First Transit East in Roseville, and the Met Council said First Transit is conducting an internal investigation.

If convicted, Rodriguez could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.


Anthony Brousseau

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